First Kids Connection football jamboree
THE Tynesa Miller-led Kids Connection, in association with the Duhaney Park Community Development Committee (CDC), will stage its first annual six-a-side football jamboree for categories Under-8, Under-10, Under-13 and Under-15, today and tomorrow at the Duhaney Park football field starting at 10 a.m.
The two-day competition will see over 31 teams ranging from clubs, surrounding communities and schools, competing for the four different category honours.
Competition takes place over two days with the group stage set for today and the knockout games for tomorrow.
According to Miller, the founder of Kids Connection, she wanted to use sports to enhance their after-school programme, and she thought that hosting a football tournament for kids would be a good way to do that.
"Kids Connection is an after school programme, and our motto is kids connecting to learning. In our programme, we also wanted to focus on sports, and so we chose football," she said.
Miller said the response for participation has been great and the children have been waiting anxiously for this weekend to come.
"The response has been amazing. This is our first year and we have 31 teams, so that is a good marker.
"The kids are very pumped up for it, and we not only have teams from inside the community, we have school teams and some academies," she noted.
However, she not only hopes this years staging will be a success, she also expects the event will grow and get bigger and better annually.
"Every event comes with itches. But we will try to be organised and ensure the kids are cared for," she added.
Some of the teams participating in the tournament are Craig Butler's Phoenix Academy, Charlton Academy, Andre Virtue's Ballaz and Neville 'Bertis' Bell's St George's Academy
The Kids Connection after-school programme is based in the Duhaney Park community.